February 16, 2012
Clara Thompson Hall
Conservationist Jerome Ringo is an outspoken supporter of increasing diversity in the conservation movement. After working for more than 20 years in Louisiana’s petrochemical industry, observing the negative impact of pollution on primarily poor and minority local communities, Jerome began organizing environmental justice groups, and he committed his life to increasing minority participation in the environmental movement. In 2005, he became chairman of the board of the National Wildlife Federation, the first African American to head a major conservation organization.